"The leisurely directing allows the strong characters and their quirks to remain the focus throughout Deany Bean Is Dead. Coupled with Volk’s excellent lead performance and fun flourishes, the movie [...] is an endearing, droll watch that will put you in a good mood."  -Bobby LePire, Film Threat

"It’s well crafted, well acted, and extremely clever."

-The Utah Film Awards

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Beloit Internationa
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Strasburg Film Fest
WINNER - Utah Film Festival and Awards -
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Dances with Films -

"'s a fun, character-driven, dark comedy that does a great job building from its premise with one spiraling out-of-control situation after another."

-Breezeway Productions


Deany, awkward but heartfelt, is on the brink of an emotional meltdown after being dumped by Tom. When her abusive boss, Maxine, fires her for a minor infraction, Deany snaps and strangles Maxine – arguably in self-defense.

Panicked, Deany decides to bury the body in Tom’s backyard, thinking he’s on vacation with his new girlfriend, Angela. As Deany digs, the lights flip on - the couple has returned and is hosting a dinner party that night to announce their recent engagement. Angela mistakes Deany’s presence and Deany finds herself a guest at the party, with dead Maxine in the trunk.

To Deany, this is the perfect opportunity to win Tom back. With the unwitting help of his estranged brother, Myron, Deany gets to work.



Allison Volk is a writer, film producer and actress. In 2015 she wrote, produced and acted in her first feature film, INNOCENT SLEEP a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's MACBETH. She went on to win Best Lead Actress at the 2017 Utah Film Awards for her work in the film. She has written and produced two award-winning shorts and written several plays which have enjoyed production in Los Angeles and New York, one of which took the Denise Regan Wisenmeyer Award in 2010. In 2014 her first full-length play, 'Rite of Seymour,' enjoyed production at the Son of Semele Ensemble in Los Angeles and her second full-length play, Sonnets, Songs & Sorry, Will's Been Dead 400 Years! premiered in 2016 at Shakespeare Orange County.

Allison also co-founded The City Shakespeare Company in Santa Monica where she served as co-artistic director for three years, and made her feature film debut in 2013 in the role of 'Jane' in Disney's THE LONE RANGER

Mikael Kreuzriegler is a director and cinematographer of features, documentaries, shorts and commercials, and a full-time faculty member at Loyola’s School of Film and Television. His work has been screened at the Berlinale, the Sundance Film Festival, the Directors Guild of America and many film festivals around the world. His two previous feature films are THE GODS OF GARBAGE (based on Austrian author Peter Turrini’s famously provocative play RAT CHASE), and a film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic tragedy HEDDA GABLER.


"A film with both clever caustic comedy and a quirky leading lady (writer/actress to watch Allison Marie Volk)!"

-Why So Blu